2020 Research Symposium RESCHEDULED FOR FALL


1200 3rd Annual Nde Research Symposium With Dates

We are pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual ND Energy Research Symposium has been rescheduled for November 12-13, 2020 and will be conducted virtually to limit the number of visitors to campus and preserve the health and safety of all participants. Details will be released soon. In the meantime, please mark your calendar.

Since 2018, ND Energy has hosted an annual research symposium for the purpose of bringing together researchers, scholars, students, and sustainability professionals from academia, industry, and government to talk about some of the greatest challenges and opportunities in sustainable energy research and development facing the world today.

Our current plan is to continue with the same theme this fall -- Waste-to-Energy: Reimagining the Possibilities --  bringing together the same research experts and industry leaders to talk about current initiatives in the following areas:

  • Addressing waste carbon resources and technology
  • Capturing CO2 and converting it into value-added materials using renewable energy
  • Harvesting excess heat from the community for redistribution
  • Using industrial symbiosis at the small-scale to increase communities’ sustainability and well-being
  • Upcycling plastic waste into useful products
  • Using technology to manage plastic waste and to turn plastic back into useful products

If you have any questions, please contact Ginger Sigmon, Barbara Villarosa, or Koby Keck.

Previous Symposia Highlights

The 2nd annual research symposium was held March 20, 2019 and was entitled Global Transformation: Ensuring Access to Affordable, Reliable, and Sustainable Energy for All, featuring keynote speaker Rachel Kyte, (former) Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, Co-Chair of UN-Energy, and Professor of the Practice of Sustainable Development in The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Other invited speakers were Luciano Castillo and Jun Chen (Purdue University), Shelie Miller (University of Michigan), Vijay Modi (Columbia University), and from Notre Dame, Peter C. Burns, Abigail Mechtenberg, Tom Purekal, and Patrick Regan. The event concluded with a poster session and networking reception. For more information, visit 2019 Highlights.

The inaugural research symposium was held April 18, 2018 and provided a unique opportunity to celebrate and recognize faculty for their achievements in energy-related research at Notre Dame. Faculty who had recently won early career and large-center research awards gave presentations about their research programs. The keynote speaker was Sally M. Benson, co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University, who addressed global climate and energy challenges and highlighted the game changers now, in the near future, and on the horizon. A poster session was held for associated graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to showcase their energy-related research projects. For more information, visit 2018 Highlights.